Six phenomenal photos were selected to help us kick off 2024 with a celebration of neighborhoods from coast-to-coast! 
Neighbors across the country submitted nearly 42,000 photos, capturing the stunning landscapes, curious creatures, special places, and unique flavors of the communities they call home. 

Meet the grand prize winner

Deb Gaston, Orleans-Harwich neighborhood, MA 

This year’s grand prize winner for her photo of her dog Shelby, reflecting on the sunrise during an early morning walk on the beach.  

“It was low tide, Shelby and I were alone somewhere between the beautiful bayside beaches of Chapin and Mayflower on Cape Cod. As I looked left to see the sunrise, what I saw stopped me in my tracks. I could hardly believe my eyes and frantically fumbled for the phone. She did it all on her own...appreciating the beauty of the sunrise in this special corner of the world.”

Runner-up winners

David Swanson, Willow Lake neighborhood, AZ 

“Wildlife photography has always been a passion of mine. Moving to Prescott Arizona has given me the opportunity to experience and photograph nature first hand. It is a magical moment to see a Bald Eagle fishing let alone capture that moment with my camera. As a nature photographer I consider myself lucky to live in such an awesome place."

Sharon Smith, Rose Garden neighborhood, CA 

“One of my best friends and I are hiking buddies and now our daughters are best friends and hiking buddies. It’s wonderful to share this amazing friendship and the beautiful outdoors together. I feel so blessed that we have so many beautiful places nearby to enjoy each other and the great outdoors.” 


Brad Eyster, The Park at Locust Creek, KY 

Gretchen Shipman, Armatage neighborhood, MN

“Locust Creek, on the far eastern edge of Louisville, has significant wooded green space. Our dog Beau loves daily hikes on the unique trail running beside Long Run Creek. This photo captures the incredible beauty of the area on a crisp morning after a winter storm.”

“The day this photo was taken was our wedding day in Minnesota. We had our good friend Stacy Saindon (who also lives in the neighborhood) officiate our wedding in our backyard. The word ‘happy’ was used several times throughout that day, and when we walked up the street to the Red Wagon pizza to celebrate with our friends, everyone said ‘You have to have your picture taken in front of this sign!’ So we did and it turned out to be one of our best photos yet. I love our neighborhood because it’s walkable to so many great restaurants and shops.”

Steve Zwillinger, Kite Hill neighborhood, CA

“​​Every morning, I walk out our front door for my daily walk and am greeted by this inspiring neighborhood view of my magnificent city of San Francisco. Brilliant sunrises, foggy mornings, atmospheric rivers… I’ve seen them all. This image connects strongly to my creative core. So much so that this one photo sparked the creation of Zwilly Prints, a gathering of my artwork that captures the magical lens through which I see the world. The power of an image.”

$5,000 in prizes to be awarded

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $3,000 in gift cards, and two Runners-up will each receive $1,000 in gift cards. Their photos may also be included in a Nextdoor #LoveYourNeighbohood coffee table book.

Contest timeline

Jan 8-30: 
Entry period

Jan 30-31:Finalist selection phase

Feb 1-6: 
Neighbors voting

Submit your entry by posting
a photo to Nextdoor with the hashtag #LoveYourNeighborhoodContest between January 8 and January 30.

Neighbors on Nextdoor will vote for their favorite from the finalist submissions. A Grand Prize Winner and two Runners-up will be announced in early February.

A Nextdoor panel will
choose six finalists.

Meet Jordan

Jordan is a San Francisco photographer who spreads joy taking free portraits of her furry neighbors. According to her, "the best camera is the camera that you have... it's a matter of figuring out what you like to take photos of." 


Can anyone enter?

Everyone is invited to enter. Head to Nextdoor and post a photo
with the hashtag #LoveYourNeighborhoodContest

How are the winners selected?

Judging will be completed in two rounds. First a Nextdoor panel will review the submissions and select six finalist entries. Then neighbors on Nextdoor will vote for their favorite of the finalist submissions to identify our Grand Prize Winner and two Runners-Up. Nextdoor neighbors will be notified when and where to vote when voting opens.

When will the winner be announced?

The finalists will be announced on February 1.
The winners will be announced on or around February 8.

Want to learn more? Checkout the competition rules here.

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